Nameberry Babies: Class of 2020
As the end of 2020 looms (finally), let’s lift our spirits by looking back over a year of brilliant Babyberry names!
It may seem like the year when the world ground to a halt, but for many of our members 2020 has brought the arrival of a new family member. In total, 175 babies (86 girls and 89 boys) were featured in our birth announcements this year.
Nameberry style frequently proves itself to be ahead of the curve. Our very first announcement was for a little Vera back in 2008, when it was outside the Top 1000 in the US (now #257 and rising!) And the most popular Berrybaby names of all time include super-stylish rising stars like Felix, Jasper, August, Hugo and Ezra for boys; Olive, Matilda, Vivienne, Clementine and Daphne for girls.
So the top Nameberry names and trends of 2020 will surely be ones to watch for the decade ahead!
The top girl name this year was sleek and streamlined Maeve, used four times in total (twice as a first name, and twice as a middle). Adelaide, Edith, Elowen, Freya/Freja and Ruby also appeared twice in the first name slot – making them the joint most popular first names for girls.
Catherine/Katherine and Genevieve were the next most popular girl names overall, each with three uses. And there were some true hidden gems among the girl names used twice by our members in 2020. Beatrix, Florence, Lilac and Magdalen/Magdalene join Elowen on the list of names beloved by Berry parents, but below the #900 mark in the US (for now!)
For boys, James, Oscar/Oskar and William were the top names overall, with four uses each. Strong and simple Jack was the most popular first name for boys, with three uses. And Fox and Jude also received three uses each, split between the first and middle slot.
Together with Fox, other surprising boy names used more than once by Berry parents this year include Ambrose, Duncan, Flynn, Soren and Reuben/Ruben – all below the Top 500 in the US.
Our members welcomed thirteen sets of twins and four sets of triplets in 2020. We consider the Berries the pros at naming multiples in style – always perfectly matched, but never matchy-matchy. Here are all the twin and triplet sets from this year’s Nameberry birth announcements.
August Ellison “Auggie” & Sullivan Thomas “Sully”Edith Aaren “Edie” & Amelia Claire “Ames”Emmanuella Miriam Serafina & Martina Ruth AnnunciataIsle Maverick Skye & Israel JetJack Leon & Dylan OlivierJonah Blake & Sophie MarenKitty Emma Alexandrina & Roxana Margaret MagdaleneLeonid Pythagoras “Lenya” & Endymion Zakynthos “Dymi”Linus Eric & Jude Brian (nicknamed Dude and Lion by siblings)Maeve Lucilla Skye & Phoebe Florence CoveOlive Clementine “Oli” & Genevieve Noël “Evie”Oscar Edward & Wesley AlbertSage Apollo & Orion Kennedy
Clover Elspeth, Elowen Snow & Finnegan JudeFinn Roland, Parker William & Lucca DuncanFreya Mabel, Maeve Kristina & Elijah MagnusVienna Emily, Phoenix Sigmund & Beck Roswell
And there are some equally stylish siblings sets among the singleton arrivals too. There are, of course, far too many stunning sibling names to list them all, but here is just a small selection of some of our favorite sibling groups in a variety of styles.
Augusten & IgnatiusAutumn & LarkAxel, Zion, Iva & JettBetty & MapleBoaz & ViggoCiaran & CormacDahlia, Lionel & HonorElijah, Afton, Poppy & NeveFletcher, Morgan, Judah, Tulsi & OmriForde & BanksGrant, Reid & ColeHolland & ArdenHoratio & AnastasioIndigo, Lola & Mabel “Billie”Jabez, Esther & GideonLaoise, Cadhla, Clodagh, Aodhla, Odhran & RuadhanLily, Chase, Zack, Drew & StellaMaebry, Winslet & EmrysMairead, Fergus & MorwennaMarcus “Mars”, Julius “Jules” & Delilah “Lila”Marguerite “Margot” & Beatrice “Bea”Max, Finn, Gus & RosieNicodemus & AmaltheaOphelia, Ramona & DaisyOtis, Iona & PosyRonan, Theodore, Abraham “Bram” & SorenRune, Sora, Vienna, Phoenix & BeckScout & CruzSylvie & FloraWalter, Stanley, Edgar & Heidi
Top Nameberry Trends To Watch
Berry parents have a knack for tapping into key trends before they hit the mainstream. With that in mind, here are six Nameberry trends we’ll be watching over the coming decade.
The multiple middle name trend is hot across the pond – and, increasingly, with celebrity parents too. And we’ve noticed more two and even three middle combinations cropping up in our birth announcements this year. Here are just a few stellar examples.
Amory Keith RudolphCallum Parkin FoxCasper Daehlin SinclairElim Nathaniel JamesHugo Fox FrancescoIris Araminta RoseLiv Marlowe Automne YséeMatilda Wilhelmina EmiliaMirabelle Lilac Anastacia EveMorwenna Ottilie AlbaOskar Karl WolfgangPhoebe Florence CoveRiver Daisy BloemTheodore Ezra Atticus
Naming Gets Personal
Talking of middle names, 2020 has (for obvious reasons) been the year of the meaningful middle. We’ve seen plenty of middle names with positive meanings to reflect the turbulent times, like Beatrix and Felix “joy”, and Florence “flourishing” used as a feminine, masculine and gender-neutral name.
But we’ve also seen lots of inspiring personal hero names used in the middle spot, like Heber, Luther, Pythagoras, Wycliffe and Rey.
Consonant Names for Girls
Of the 28 girl names used more than once by our members this year, only six end in the mega-popular vowel sounds “ah” and “ee”. And four of the six most popular first names also end in a consonant sound: Adelaide, Edith, Elowen and Maeve.
The most popular first letter for girls’ names was not, as you might expect, A or even E (although those were in second and third place). M was our most common initial, with 27 appearances, and L, C and R girl names were also strongly represented in our announcements.
Perhaps partly to explain for the preponderance of strong consonant sounds is the Berries’ love of steely Scandinavian and Germanic names for both sexes. Stylish choices for girls include Astrid, Bloem, Ottilie, Liv, Maren and Saskia. For boys, Magnus, Otto, Sigmund, Tillman, Viggo and Wolfgang all made for cool and surprising picks.
Our members were early adopters of now fashionable vintage favorites like Violet, Ivy, Penelope, Theodore, Arthur and Jasper. So we’re always interested to see which neglected vintage gems are revived by Berry parents!
Following the 100-year-rule, fresh 1920s names like Dorothy, Irene, Wallace and Roland featured strongly, but so too did some sweet midcentury revivals. Think old-school cool names like Timothy, Peter, Lionel, Allan, Franklin and Keith for boys; Ann, Jane, Deborah, Joy, Gloria and Josette for girls.
For the next wave of cool nature names, Berry parents are looking beyond flowers to fruit, tree, herb, animal, water, mineral and sky names for inspiration.
Among the fresh nature names below the US Top 500 we spotted this year: Beck, Bear, Fox, Jet and Olivier for boys. And for girls: Clover, Delphine, Isle, Lark, Lilac, Maple, Marigold and Snow.
Congratulations to all the proud new parents! And special thanks to Brynn McKeon for her brilliant work compiling our Babyberry name data.